The Bucks held their second workout in as many days at the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin Training Center Thursday morning. Wednesday was more of a "diamond in the rough" type of session, but today's workout was highlighted by a familiar face who may be on the board at 17 when the Bucks are on the clock.
Kevon Looney is a 6'9" Milwaukee native and former standout at Milwaukee Hamilton who averaged 11.6 and 9.2 rebounds during his one season at UCLA before entering his name into the draft. Those numbers aren't jaw-dropping, but they are a good indicator of what the 19-year-old Looney does best. From DraftExpress:
"Most of Looney's offense at the moment derives via hustle plays, with the biggest share of his production coming on the offensive glass according to Synergy Sports Technology, and spot-ups, cuts, pick and roll finishes and transition plays making up the rest of his profile.
Looney has a great knack for crashing the offensive glass, showing terrific instincts and timing going out of his area and pursuing loose balls using his superior wingspan, often without even jumping. He shows a very nice competitive spirit here, boxing out well and not being afraid to mix things up with older and stronger players than him. His 4.2 offensive rebounds per-40 minutes ranks 11th best among Top-100 prospects."
While he might be a couple years from being ready for major minutes, Looney has the makings of a capable floor stretcher -- he hit 41.5 percent from three as a freshman -- and threat off the dribble as a playmaker. Those skills aren't as refined as his rebounding is, but the idea of that package of skills coming together one day may be too much to pass up if Looney is available. Add while he's not an explosive athlete per se, Looney's superior length (7'35" wingspan), quick feet and ability to guard both forward positions would seem to be right up the Bucks' alley.
The other perk of selecting Looney, though far less critical, is that he's the hometown kid. If the Bucks deem him to be a worthy selection, then that feels cool and makes you want to raise a PBR in celebration. Plus, Looney likes the cold weather! I'm serious! From Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
His time away from Wisconsin also made him realize something that California is missing. It's not cold enough.
"Sometimes I think I need the cold just to get that chip on my shoulder again," Looney said. "There's nothing like going outside and being cold. You feel more appreciative about life.
"It feels like every day when you go outside (in Los Angeles) you're supposed to go to the beach. I like having that feeling of going outside and saying, 'Hey, I should probably go back in the gym and work out some more.'"
"A lot of people from Milwaukee support me a lot and I think they would love to see me come back and play and represent our city," Looney said. "I try to represent the best that I can out in LA and everywhere I go."
In just two weeks time, this homecoming reunion may become a reality. We shall see.
Joining Looney in today's workout were Marquette guard Matt Carlino, Oklahoma State forward Michael Cobbins, Michigan State guard/forward Branden Dawson, Temple guard Jesse Morgan, and Northern Iowa forward Seth Tuttle.